Pilgrimage has long been a tradition in the Christian faith, with believers traveling to holy sites around the world to connect with their faith and deepen their spiritual journey. It’s an opportunity to step away from the distractions of everyday life and connect with the stories of the Bible in a new and profound way. By walking the same ground as Jesus walked, Christians are reminded that God is not just a distant figure from history, but a living and active God who is still working in the world today.
Sometimes it’s easy to get our faith mixed in with our own culture and limited experiences. We can forget that the events in our sacred texts happened in such a different environment. And while our God transcends all cultures and times, there’s something valuable in meditating on how the people of 30AD Israel encountered Jesus.
‘It exposes us to different traditions that inform our thinking. Ours becomes a kaleidoscopic Christianity, and we see reality through sacred lenses, lenses that put flesh on faith and bones on Bibles.’
Christian T. George
Chris and Susanne Donaldson are big believers in the power of pilgrimage–enough to spend 12 years leading YWAM teams through the Holy Lands themselves. From serving as vicar at Havelock and Sounds in the 80s to over a decade of missional work in Venezuela after a rousing speech from a visiting bishop at All Saints, the Donaldsons’ Nelson roots inspired a passion for mission. And now they’re giving back.
Chris and Susanne have extended the invitation of pilgrimage through Israel and Turkey to anyone this year. Join them on 3 weeks of exploring the Holy Lands, weaved together with teaching, prayer and worship.
If you’re interested, get in touch with the Donaldsons. Put flesh on faith and bones on Bibles.
The pilgrimage is running from 2-26 September 2023. For more information, email Chris and Susanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have invited these writers to share their experiences, ideas and opinions in the hope that these will provoke thought, challenge you to go deeper and inspire you to put your faith into action. These articles should not be taken as the official view of the Nelson Diocese on any particular matter.